Summer Nights

Just a couple of snaps from the just past weekend local ‘adventure’ with friends. I was going to include them as part of a post I’m working on that, for once isn’t about me, ha, and that also, for a change, requires me to think a little about what I’m… more »

An ECR + Tubus Vega post

There is a liberal scattering of posts and articles around the internet with regard to fitting a rack to a Surly ECR, especially with regard to my favourite rack.. a Tubus Vega (you can tell already this is going to be a dry post can’t you.. non-cyclists can probably switch… more »

Memory Dust

Sometimes it takes me even longer to get around to sorting it out. For the two weeks since the end of the journey my expedition bike has been sitting downstairs, propped against the table in dusty pieces, a final reminder of how good the journey was. It is always like… more »

Fiddling…

I’ve been fiddling around with my trusty old Nomad a fair bit this last few days in view of my imminent return to the High Atlas, Djebel Sahro and western fringes of the Sahara. Planning on a very much off-piste trip as much as possible having been twice before but… more »

early August two wheeled stuff

Yesterday was the last event in the Cornish Cup series and also the last Open TT event of my calendar for the year. There are still races in August but for me August is reserved for cafe rides with friends, taking cross bikes up onto the moors and paddling. I’m… more »

Isaac Velocity.. somewhat inevitable

One for the bike nerds :-) It was inevitable really I suppose that sooner or later along would come a new dedicated fixed-gear TT machine to replace my now long-gone Condor Stadio… Budget this time around much much smaller so nearly all second hand parts, which is no bad thing, but… more »

Tokyo Fixed Dart pics

A few pics of the Tokyo Fixed Dart I built up end of last week. Going to be using it for having fun with local club TTs and hill climbs, and just riding around of course :-) Just about everything came out of my parts box – so the build… more »

that Kona Paddy Wagon winter bike

That PaddyWagon frame has built up into a really nice winter trainer.. I built it on Tuesday afternoon and took it for a quick 60km shakedown spin yesterday afternoon. It’s a nice ride.. not as sparkly as my DeSalvo but you wouldn’t expect that, but it does have that nice… more »

the end of the year post

it’s that time of the year again.. a year ago I had been exploring the Valle de Los Exploradores on my bike before returning to Rio Tranquilo to camp on the shores of Lago General Carrera with some Swiss cycling friends. The weather was unexpectedly warm and sunny, and as… more »

I need an orange one next….

as my time in the Hebrides this summer drew to a close thoughts inevitably turned to the coming winter at home in Cornwall. Having spent the best part of the last two winters away on my bike in South America I could not help but dwell on what winter cycling… more »

Nomad: a big lump of bicycle

Well with flights booked (November) it was about time I got off my arse and rebuilt the Nomad after its last adventure.. it amazes me each time I clean it up and service it how good the paintwork still is after years of adventures..  a thick, black powdercoat that has… more »

new touring wheels…

I don’t think I can make this post really exciting.. the title has nothing to do with a new bike or car… just wheels.. and not very exciting ones at that . However it will conveniently occupy the height of my beer glass ;-) It feels like I spent the… more »

misty eyed carbon classic…

an unashamedly roadie post today… all because I’ve been reminiscing about a road bike I built back in 2002 that I wish I hadn’t sold (ya, sad I know..).. It was a Look KG381i, the same frame that Laurent Jalabert used to win his second consecutive Mountains jersey in his… more »

Storck Scenario Pro… a second life

It took me a while to get around to taking some pics… motivation has been low to write and photograph these last couple of weeks, something to do with settling back into normal life at home I guess. Anyway for those folk who might be interested I finally photographed my… more »

San Rafael: culture shock… 

bit of a culture shock going on here today…  San Rafael is the biggest, busiest place I’ve seen so far on this journey, after weeks of mountains, desert and small pueblos I’m finding it a bit overwhelming, hehe. Still, there is very good coffee :-) The city is completely flat… more »

the steel end of the spectrum…

I finished ‘baking’ this Casseroll over a week ago having managed to lay my hands on the final few ingredients in the form of a Dura-ace front mech and completing the bar tape decision process.. It’s taken a few weeks* to put together but the whole idea was to spend… more »

brakes on….

whenever i have a weekend like this one just past (so quite often really…) I always think of this quote (seen around the place in similar flavours, author unknown): “Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely, in one pretty and well-preserved piece, but… more »

Salsa dropout….

It could apply to me and my dance classes… I lost the plot a couple of months ago and haven’t been since… however this has nothing to do with that, rather it’s the dropout of the steel bicycle-flavoured kind. On the face of it rather a dull topic, and probably… more »

NAHBS…

The 5th North American Handmade Bicycle Show has just wrapped over in Indianapolis…. it’s brilliant to see such fabulous creativity and artistic talent realised in pedal-powered form. I don’t know what it is about North America that is fuelling the growth in “boutique” frame building (perhaps it’s just a case… more »

BMC Time Machine TT02

OK, here they are… the long awaited pics of my Time Machine. This is not really a second string bike to my fixed gear Condor.. rather a side-step to when I want to ride gears ;o) I picked the BMC frame mainly because it’s roughly half the price of a… more »

the Rush, it cracked…

funny, when thinking about what I was going to write for this post all I could think of was Tennyson… Out flew the web and floated wide– The mirror crack’d from side to side; “The curse is come upon me,” cried The Lady of Shalott. which is stupid really cos… more »

dirty little secret…

…. this fixed-gear stalwart has a dirty little secret growing in the TT weapon quiver. Look at that, I’m ashamed to admit, it’s a derailleur (Dura-Ace no less…). The Condor is not dead by any means it’s still my preferred tool for short distances, I just decided I wanted a… more »

Look 496 TT/Tri Frame for sale

*** Updated, wow, we sold it… in less than 24hrs :o) *** I’m not making any money on this, honest! This one belongs to friend Martin Bawden whom you met in one of my posts a couple of weeks ago. It was his 06/07 race frame and is now up… more »

Spring Carbonology… Condor Stadio

It has been quite a while since my last brush with the Carbon Fairy but with the start of the racing season, the arrival of spring (well, the supposed arrival of spring , we’ve seen precious little so far) and the promise of warmer days to come I guess it… more »

Dave’s Balloon Bike, Teil Zwei*…

Remember Dave’s lovely retro machine from a couple of weeks ago… well, he’s been busy with the spanners again and taken his evolution one step further with the addition of a Schlumpf Mountain Drive…. a clever piece of Swiss Engineering that isn’t a wristwatch or pocketknife… I’d not seen one… more »

Dave’s Balloon Bike…

Thing I love about this sport is the variety both in terms of discipline (road, ‘cross, touring etc etc) and machinery… especially the latter as a self-confessed bike nut. Today then I have to show you this beauty from reader Dave Byron, he mailed me pictures a couple of days… more »

The Carbon Fairy came last night….

I gave up on the Tooth Fairy ever leaving me anything worthwhile years ago, these days however it’s the Carbon Fairy that looks after me… Yesterday said Fairy brought me a 90mm deep carbon front wheel to match my rear on my TT bike. I didn’t really ‘need’ it given… more »

GanWell Pro, one of a kind…

Back in March I had a dilemma concerning a suitable build for the Japanese Keirin frame I’d managed to lay my sticky paws on. (I’ve imported that post from my old blog since it preceded my move to WordPress, read it here). Well, 2 weeks ago I finished building it… more »

Condor grows teeth….

One for the bike geeks here I’m afraid…. You may or may not be aware that I’ve been campaigning my Condor track bike around the local time trial events this year… and it was all working out rather well so I took a deep breath and threw a few  £££… more »